The Brandenburg Gate

Enameler Carl von Scheidt German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554

This beaker painted with a view of the Brandenburg Gate, which closes the famous Unter den Linden allée in Berlin, is an example of the new medium of translucent enamels developed by a porcelain painter, Samuel Daniel Mohn (1762–1815) about 1805. He worked in Dresden, with a workshop of painters he had trained in the technique. Among his followers, who carried the art to Berlin and Vienna, were Gottlob Samuel Mohn, his son; Carl von Scheidt, who signed and dated this beaker and Anton Kothgasser. It was a cool, delicate medium, especially suitable for topographical views on small objects. However, Gottlob Samuel Mohn also executed stained-glass windows in the technique at the Imperial Palace at Laxenburg for Emperor Francis II of Austria.

The Brandenburg Gate, Carl von Scheidt (German, 1791–after 1834), Glass, enameled and gilt, German, Berlin

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